Cell Apoptosis and Autophagy in Renal Fibrosis

Xing Chen Zhao, Man J. Livingston, Xin Ling Liang, Zheng Dong

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Renal fibrosis is the final common pathway of all chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal diseases. Autophagy, a highly conserved lysosomal degradation pathway, plays important roles in maintaining cellular homeostasis in all major types of kidney cells including renal tubular cells as well as podocytes, mesangial cells and endothelial cells in glomeruli. Autophagy dysfunction is implicated in the pathogenesis of various renal pathologies. Here, we analyze the pathological role and regulation of autophagy in renal fibrosis and related kidney diseases in both glomeruli and tubulointerstitial compartments. Further research is expected to gain significant mechanistic insights and discover pathway-specific and kidney-selective therapies targeting autophagy to prevent renal fibrosis and related kidney diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598
ISSN (Electronic)2214-8019


  • Acute kidney injury
  • Autophagy
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis
  • Podocytes
  • Proximal tubular epithelial cells
  • Renal fibrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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